Workshop: Roma Empowerment – lessons and potentials (30 May)

Date: 30 May 2013

Venue: Corvinus University of Budapest, Közraktár utca 4-6. (the new building of the university)

The workshop brings together young, motivated, and experienced Roma and non-Roma researchers, activists, and professionals to critically reflect upon existing forms of Roma participation and to explore effective practices of participatory policy formation, research, and empowerment.

In the last two decades a complex network of organizations emerged specialised in the “Roma issue”, comprising non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, expert bodies, foundations, activists, and politicians. These actors have managed to raise the attention of international organizations and national governments to the plight of Roma; however, the social status of Roma has not improved significantly, with a large proportion of them still living at the margins of society.

The event seeks to explore how to go beyond exerting external pressure on governments in order to overcome the historical marginalization of Roma and to facilitate their substantive participation and empowerment. In what ways could Roma participate in policies affecting their lives beyond taking part in limited forms of political consultations? What are the preconditions for the emergence of a strong and autonomous Roma civil society? How could large NGOs reach Roma communities at the ‘grassroots’?  How to combine the struggle against racism, the promotion of democratic solidarity, and the reinforcement of an open Roma culture that allows for diverse and multiple identities? What lessons can be learnt from the experiences of Roma self-governments and ethnic political parties? How could universities, churches, companies, and media empower Roma?

Participants share before the workshop concrete cases of Roma empowerment. The cases will be discussed and elaborated with the help of senior participants at the workshop and will be published online afterwards.

Supporting organizations: Corvinus University of Budapest, University of Bristol, European Academic Network for Romani Studies, Roma Education Fund, Roma Research and Empowerment Network

Organizers: Andrew Ryder; Crina Marina Morteanu; Iulius Rostas; Marius Taba; Marton Rovid


The abstracts of the participants’ presentations can be downloaded from here.


The detailed schedule of the three-day event, including this workshop, is accesible here.

Please note that this is a closed workshop for selected participants and the selection procedure has been closed.